Op Vrydag, McGinnis and Owen’s father, Chris Ares, told reporters the boy remains hospitalized with second-degree burns on his face and his right arm. McGinnis said Owen is “heavily sedated and very comfortable.”
McGinnis said if it wasn’t for deputies, the conversation would be different.
“Hulle [die afgevaardigdes] put their necks on the line” not waiting for the fire department to arrive, sy het gese. McGinnis said she had tried to break a window but wasn’t able to do so.
Ares said the reason he and McGinnis decided to speak to the media was because “heroes need to be recognized.”
“It wasn’t for them, my son would be dead. It was like within minutes he was gonna be … he wouldn’t have made it,” Ares said.
“All too often, we talk about the bad, and I feel like it’s very important that we talk about our heroes and the police are good and you know, they saved my son’s life and I’m so grateful,” hy het bygevoeg.
Ares said the deputies described the intense heat of the fire and said taking a breath was hard.
“It was literally choking them, and yet they would go and they would choke and then catch their breath and come back and continue to search for him,” Ares added.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement he could not be more proud of the deputies and said they never gave up.
“We must always be ready to jump in and help. These deputies never hesitated,” hy het bygevoeg. “They are true examples of what it means to be a hero.”